Matipo Street death name release and family statement

Please credit Senior Detective Sergeant Damon Wells, Canterbury Police:

Police are now able to release the name of the man who died following an incident on Rue Matipo, Riccarton.

He was 19-year-old Sam Finnemore from Auckland.

Sam lived in Christchurch while attending the University of Canterbury.

Her family is completely devastated and have asked the media to give her space to grieve.

Police continue to treat Sam’s death as unexplained.

An autopsy was performed today and our investigations are continuing.

The police would like to offer our deepest thoughts and deepest condolences to Sam’s family.

We are so sorry for their loss.

Statement from the family of Sam Finnemore:

Sam Finnemore’s family and friends were devastated to learn of his death on November 1, just two days shy of his 20th birthday. Sam was a loving only child of Cameron and Lisa who live in Auckland, and beloved cousin, nephew and grandson of the family in Christchurch, Tauranga and London.

Sammy loved snowboarding competitively. He spent many happy days in Wanaka. He loved Uni and recently turned his studies towards geology, a subject he only discovered after arriving in Canterbury. He was appreciated, happy and cherished the time spent with his many friends in Auckland, Christchurch and Wanaka. Sam loved life, was always happy.

We celebrate him and will remember him fondly.

The family express their thanks to the community supporting them during this difficult time and express their gratitude to the New Zealand Police and the University of Canterbury, which was Sam’s second home.

Published by the Police Media Center

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